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Monday 18 December 2017

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Success of nursery has Finian's flyingANN O'CONNOR'S words will echo across every club in the land.

"The Nursery section is the most important part of any club. If you don't have the kids, you don't have a future. That's the reality," declares Ann.

St Finian's in Swords practice what they preach. "The Nursery is thriving. We have 15 to 20 children there every Saturday morning.

"And this season we'll be fielding four juvenile teams -- U8s, U10s, U12s and U15s. We have dedicated mentors that keep it all going. We couldn't have better people involved with the teams and on the committee."

The Saints will also have the Junior Bs lacing up the boots. There's 25 in that squad. The prospects are good.

"We always seem to start well and then fade a bit. If we could just keep our early season form going. But we are hopeful this year. We have got several new players.

"There's a good mix in ages -- from 17 to the 40s. But it's not all about winning. There's a social aspect to it as well.

"Our priority is to keep the girls playing camogie. And to make sure they enjoy it. That's what it's all about."

The U10s and U12s have been sharpening their touch in the Indoor Tournament at Gormanston. That's always a winter wonderland.

"That's a fabulous event to be involved in. It really improves the skills. We can also train the juveniles indoors here in the winter in the Rivervalley Community Centre, while there's an all-weather across in the park, so the facilities are fine."

The Saints don't have to look far for guidance. "Liam Curran is back as our chairman. He is so knowledgeable and wise. Sure, why wouldn't he be, isn't he from Kilkenny, like myself!"

The club's GPO, James Devlin, will ensure that the Cats keep on getting the cream. "James is doing excellent work in the schools. He is constantly getting us new players from there."

"We'll keep plugging away," announces Ann.

With kindly folk like Ann and Liam on the bridge, Moon River never sounded as good. And it's getting deeper and deeper.

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